It’s still early in the boat-buying season, but April numbers show signs that the bad-weather slump is largely behind the industry and sales are back on the upswing. April sales are typically the first that the industry reviews to take the overall selling season’s pulse. “We’re on a continued upswing,” Info-Link managing director Jack Ellis…more
Recreational boat sales growth in March amounted to just a trickle, but the solid single-digit increases the industry saw in April suggest that builders and dealers could enjoy sustainable gains in the warmer months ahead.
With all the buzz around aluminum fishing and pontoon boats, one segment that has been overlooked until recently is the saltwater fiberglass fishing boat segment. Though it’s a relatively small part of the overall market, this segment has taken off since late 2011, when Florida’s housing market first began to recover from the 2008 bust.
The long winter undoubtedly impacted boat sales, but data reveal the strongest first quarter since at least 2010, with sales that slightly outpaced those in 2012, a year characterized by a mild winter and early spring.
The runabout category has struggled to bounce back post-recession, but the ski and high-performance market has performed well for the last couple of years. That’s according to Jack Ellis of Florida-based Info-Link, who says the segment has exceeded growth in 2003 in several markets. “Ski boats used to be about a 12,000-unit market at one…more